Japan’s Third Largest 2×4 Elderly Care Building Completed

Exterior Photo of Nursing Home Tokiwagi Setagaya Nearing Completion

A uniquely designed mid-rise 2×4 nursing home commenced operation on July 1, 2019. It is centrally located in Tokyo’s Setagaya-ward and it will be the third large 2×4 elderly care project to be built in this city in the last three years that is 4-storeys or more. This is a pleasing trend and a hopeful sign that we will see more similar buildings go up here in the future.

The care facility is a 100-room senior multi-care complex that includes a daycare service program for seniors and a nursery to support the parents of young families living in the community. As we have seen with other midrise 2×4 buildings, a platform-frame and reinforced concrete hybrid structure were used in its construction. The basement and first floor of the building were constructed using reinforced concrete and the 2nd, 3rdand 4th floors with a 2×4 fireproof structure. The total floor area for the building is 4,989 m² and estimated SPF dimension lumber for the 2×4 structure covers an area of 720m³.

The facility is owned and managed by Social Welfare Corporation Tokiwakai and designed by MEDOX, an architect firm based in Tokyo that specializes in designing medical and social welfare facilities. The general contractor for the project was Mitsui Home. The owner and operator of this nursing home decided to build this facility with wood after visiting and touring the 5-storey 2×4/Midply, Seifu-kai elderly care project in Adachi, Tokyo a few years ago.

Canada Wood University Lecture on Global Wood Trends

On June 25th, Canada Wood Japan’s Shawn Lawlor delivered a lecture on sustainable green building at Showa Women’s University Department of Architecture. A total of 89 undergraduate students attended the lecture. The topics included an introduction to Canadian wood species and a discussion wood properties and their respective suitable end-use applications, an introduction to the platform frame construction method, global trends and wood design and an introduction to Canada’s Tohoku reconstruction work.

The event was co-sponsored by the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association and is intended to encourage more diversity and inspire the next generation of architects to pursue careers in platform frame design and construction.


A Tokyo Tradition: Canada Wood Shipper’s Meetings

COFI shippers got together at Canada Wood Tokyo office on June 19th to review recent market access and market development topics.  Canada Wood Tokyo Office hosts these shipper’s meetings approximately 4 times a year for Tokyo based shippers and Canadian Embassy staff.  The agenda on June 19th meeting included the JAS lumber subsidy program, Norway Spruce graded to JAS 600 SPF, and Building Standard Law amendment on fire regulations.  Canadian industry representatives advised their feedback on market access issues as well as other Canada Wood market development initiatives. The shipper’s meetings serve as an important information exchange to ensure alignment between industry priorities and Canada Wood in market activities.

Japan Housing & Non-Residential Starts Report for April 2019

April total housing starts fell 5.7% to 79,389 units. Owner occupied, single-family housing remained strong, rising 9.2%. Rental housing continued to lag, falling 16.7% for the 8th consecutive month. Wooden housing essentially held flat at 45,179 units. Post and Beam starts delivered a solid performance, rising 2.8% to 35,092 units. Wooden pre-fab jumped 19.7% to 1,076 units. It is important to note that the results from last year were particularly low. Due to ongoing weakness in multi-family rentals, platform frame starts dropped 11.6% to 9,011 units. By housing type, the breakdown in platform starts is as follows: custom ordered homes increased 5.6% to 2,730 units, rentals declined 20.6% to 4,940 units and built for sale spec homes fell 2.3% to 1,297 units.

In April, wooden non-residential starts totalled 1,600 buildings for a floor area of 307,676m2. Estimated wood use for the month was approximately 54,000m3. By the number of overall buildings, wood held a share of 36% and by floor area wood accounted for 9.2% of construction. The top wood end uses were for elderly, medical and welfare facilities, mixed-use commercial/residential and agricultural buildings.

A New Way to Stay Tuned on Market News from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and India—Canada Wood on Twitter and LinkedIn

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Canada wood is focused on diversifying markets for Canadian wood products. To deliver results Canada Wood Group actively promotes and supports the innovation in manufacturing and increased uses of wood in building design and construction. We also expand export opportunities for Canadian wood products in traditional and emerging overseas markets, including China, Japan, South Korea, India, Vietnam, and Europe.

There have been many new and exciting developments: China Wood Frame Construction Technology (WFC) has been recognized for the first time by China’s Green Building Evaluation Standard as a viable solution for the country’s green building credit rating. Korea has celebrated urban regeneration with the completion of its tallest hybrid wood building.  Japan is anticipating an increase in supply and demand for wooden large-scale buildings due to favorable Building Standard Law amendments. These are just a few of the new developments and there are many more to come in the future.

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